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  1. What common boy's name (English language Christian or first name) is derived from the Latin and Greek words for rock? Peter (from Latin petra, and Greek petros, as in petrify, meaning the process by which organic material turns into rock - and the metaphorical sense, to scare or frighten, as if turned to stone with fear)
  2. Name the great old rival company of the Harley-Davidson motorbike corporation, whose models included the Chief and Scout? Indian
  3. An analgesic drug is commonly called a: Painkiller; Cough medicine; Antibiotic; or Vaccine? Painkiller
  4. A tetrapod is an animal with how many what? (two answers required) Four Limbs
  5. What is the capital of Azerbaijan? Baku
  6. Magnesium shavings are used by campers and adventurers to: Light fires; Eat for energy; Dress wounds; or Make a rudimentary compass? Light fires
  7. Spell Mozzarella; Mozarrella; Mozzarrella; Mozarella; or Mozarrela? Mozzarella
  8. Who was the last English monarch of the House of York? Richard III (reigned 1483-85) - bonus point - Who succeeded him? Henry VII
  9. What name besides glove is given commonly to a baseball player's handwear? Mitt
  10. A compound which reduces liquid surface tension, or tension between two liquids or liquid and solid (as do detergents, foaming agents, and dispersants) is generally called a: Colloid; Triglyceride; Surfactant; or Fatty acid? Surfactant
  11. The Mansion House is the official residence of what London title-holder? Lord Mayor
  12. Apitoxin is the scientific name for which sort of venom? Bee (specifically honeybee)
  13. A baby's traditional cloth nappy or diaper is generally folded into what shape directly before fitting to a baby: Square; Oblong; Circle; or Triangle? Triangle
  14. American physician Dr Henry Jay Heimlich is famously credited with developing a procedure to counter what threat to life? Choking (on an object trapped in the trachea or windpipe - called the Heimlich Maneuver - involving 'abdominal thrusts' to the diaphragm aiming to expel the blockage by compressing the lungs)
  15. Northampton is generally regarded to have the largest what in England: Church; Market square; Scottish population; or Railway station? Market square
  16. What product, invented by accountant Walter Diemer in 1928, was and remains conventionally pink, (it is said) because pink was the only dye available to its inventor at the time? Bubblegum
  17. Lightning strikes on airborne commercial aircraft are: Impossible; Always catastrophic; or Very rarely catastrophic? Very rarely catastrophic (according to studies, lightning strikes on airborne commercial aircraft occur about once per year per aircraft on average, with little or no damage, although planes generally seek to land as soon as possible for precautionary checks)
  18. Piperazine (BZP) is a: Recreational drug; Russian oil company; Gold colour food additive; or Mexican political party? Recreational drug (fully Benzylpiperazine (BZP), it is banned in many countries including the UK)
  19. In geometry all regular polygons have 'what' sides: Four; Equal; Five; or More than five? Equal
  20. The medical acronym RICE, referring to treatment of soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains, stands for what? Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (see the RICE acronym and related amusing story)


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